Fantasy Football 2020: Who To Start – And Who To Sit – In Week 17

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It’s the final week of the NFL regular season. Some of us dedicated fantasy football players still have fantasy championships to win. The problem that comes with Week 17 is teams that have already clinched playoff spots may elect to rest players (Andy Reid has said he will sit players, no one specifically named, while Ben Roethlisberger will sit this week). We have plenty of options for players to stream, and players you should sit in Week 17.

Quarterback

Start

Kirk Cousins at Detroit Lions

Cousins has played well in the second half of the season, ranking as the QB6 since Week 9. This week he gets a prime matchup against the Lions who are allowing the most fantasy points-per-game and touchdowns to quarterbacks.

Others Quarterbacks To Start: Justin Herbert, Philip Rivers, Daniel Jones, Mitchell Trubisky, Ryan Tannehill

Sit

Jalen Hurts vs. Washington Football Team

Hurts has been amazing since taking over the starting job in Philadelphia, and safe to stay you can pencil him in as a starter in 2021, but I wouldn’t do it this week. The Football Team has allowed an average of 12.81 fantasy points over the last four games and that defense is coming to play hard with a division title on the line.

Other Quarterbacks To Sit: Baker Mayfield, Tua Tagovailoa, Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr

Running Back

Start

D’Andre Swift vs. Minnesota Vikings

Swift had a rough game last week against a bad matchup which is understandable. This week though, he gets a prime matchup against Minnesota, which allowed Alvin Kamara to set records last week.

Other Running Backs To Start: Myles Gaskin, Gus Edwards, Malcolm Brown, La’Mical Perine, Wayne Gallman, David Johnson

Sit

Jeff Wilson Jr. vs. Seattle Seahawks

Wilson has done really well taking over the backfield with Mostert out, including 204 scrimmage yards and a touchdown last week. This is going to be a tough matchup, the Seahawks defense has turned it around in the last part of the season, which includes allowing the fewest fantasy points-per-game to running backs over the last four weeks.

Other Running Backs To Sit: Mike Davis, Giovani Bernard, Devin Singletary, Le’Veon Bell, Sony Michel

Wide Receiver

Start

Corey Davis at Houston Texans

Watching Davis put up a goose egg is rough, like the day after Christmas hangover rough. The situation was bad last week in Green Bay with playing in a snowstorm, but elements won’t matter in the dome of NRG Stadium against the Texans who have allowed the second-most touchdowns (21) to wide receivers this season.

Other Wide Receivers To Start: Marvin Jones Jr., T.Y. Hilton, CeeDee Lamb, Nelson Agholor, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders

Sit

Allen Robinson vs. Green Bay Packers

If the Bears win, they’re in the playoffs, who would have thought that a few weeks ago? Green Bay needs to win this game to clinch the top seed and the bye. Robinson had two touchdowns in their last matchup, but you can’t depend on him finding pay dirt like that again against Jaire Alexander.

Other Wide Receivers To Sit: DJ Chark, Keke Coutee, Chase Claypool, Mike Williams, Jamison Crowder

Tight End

Start

Mike Gesicki at Buffalo Bills

Gesicki has resurged as of late scoring double digits in three out of his last four games. He has a great opportunity this week against Buffalo where he had a career-high 130 receiving yards earlier this season and a defense allowing the seventh-most points to the position this year.

Other Tight Ends To Start: Hayden Hurst, Evan Engram, Austin Hooper, Jared Cook, Irv Smith Jr.

Sit

Noah Fant vs. Las Vegas Radiers

Fant had his first touchdown since Week 2 against a Chargers defense who’s allowed the second-most to tight ends this year, I wouldn’t count on that against the Raiders who have allowed the fourth-fewest.

Other Tight Ends To Sit: Jonnu Smith, Jimmy Graham, Dalton Schultz, Eric Ebron, Tyler Higbee